California Rivers and Streams - the Conflict Between Fluvial Process and Land Use

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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California Rivers and Streams provides a clear and informative overview of the physical and biological processes that shape California's rivers and watersheds. Jeffrey Mount introduces relevant basic principles of hydrology and geomorphology and applies them to an understanding of the differences in character of the state's many rivers. He then builds on this foundation by evaluating the impact on waterways of different land use practices--logging, mining, agriculture, flood control, urbanization, and water supply development. Water may be one of California's most valuable resources, but it is far from being one we control. In spite of channels, levees, lines and dams, the state's rivers still frequently flood, with devastating results. Almost all the rivers in California are dammed or diverted; with the booming population, there will be pressure for more intervention. Mount argues that Californians know little about how their rivers work and, more importantly, how and why land-use practices impact rivers. The forceful reconfiguration and redistribution of the rivers has already brought the state to a critical crossroads. California Rivers and Streams forces us to reevaluate our use of the state's rivers and offers a foundation for participating in the heated debates about their future.

Author Biography

Jeffrey F. Mount is Professor of Geology at the University of California, Davis.

Table of Contents

How Rivers Work
Introduction to the Rivers of California: The First 4 Billion Years
Water in Motion
A River at Work: Sediment Entrainment, Transport, and Deposition
The Shape of a River
Origins of River Discharge
Sediment Supply
River Network and Profile
Climate and the Rivers of California
Tectonics and Geology of California's Rivers
Learning the Lessons: Land Use and the Rivers of California
Rivers of California: The Last 200 Years
Mining and the Rivers of California
Logging California's Watersheds
Food Production and the Rivers of California
A Primer on Flood Frequency: How Much and How Often?
The Urbanization of California's Rivers
The Damming of California's Rivers
The Future: Changing Climate, Changing Rivers
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